Bi-State Development


About Us

Leadership, Collaboration & Innovation

Bi-State Development is continuously dedicated to fostering economic development in the St. Louis region.

Bi-State Development (BSD) is a dynamic and multi-faceted resource for economic development in the St. Louis region. With deep expertise in planning and implementation, BSD is uniquely empowered to provide real solutions to regional challenges with a model of efficiency and accountability.

For more than 65 years, BSD has partnered with private and public organizations on hundreds of projects designed to keep the St. Louis region competitive. These collaborations have created thousands of jobs on both sides of the Mississippi River. Working together with the regionโ€™s top minds and voices, we turn ideas into realities.

BSD proudly serves the City of St. Louis and seven adjacent counties, including Missouriโ€™s Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis Counties, and Illinoisโ€™ Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties. Together, these areas form partnerships that better each other and the St. Louis region as a whole.

At BSD, we have initiated regional economic development for six and a half decades. With that depth and breadth of experience, we fully understand โ€œthe process of progress.โ€

We are leaders in public transit โ€“ world renowned for our reliability and efficiency. Initiating progress, we were one of the first transit agencies in the nation to operate wheelchair-lift equipped buses in regular service. Our St. Louis Downtown Airport (formerly Parks) has a rich history of its own. Today, the airport and its surrounding business park deliver nearly $600 million in economic impact to southern Illinois. Whatโ€™s more, last year leaders chose us to run a regional freight district; coordinating with industry and government to enhance and grow the $6 billion in goods traveling through our area by rail, road, river, and runway.

In our care is the iconic Eads Bridge, an integral component of the regionโ€™s $8 billion network of transportation infrastructure. We are performing a complete rehabilitation of this historic landmark so that it can continue to serve as a critical link between Missouri and Illinois for generations to come.

BSD is a key partner with CityArchRiver in current Gateway Arch improvements that will transform the visitor experience, not only at the Gateway Arch, but also on the St. Louis Riverfront and in downtown St. Louis.

Together with our partners, we are the people behind the progress.


Tourism Development & Operations

David Sanders
Senior Director, Tourism Innovation


Erick Dahl
Director, St. Louis Downtown Airport


Jessica Mefford-Miller
Executive Director, Metro Transit

Regional Freight District

Mary Lamie
Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway

Economic Development

John Langa
Vice President, Economic Development




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